Neville Ayrton Astbury was born in Northop, Flintshire, Wales in April, 1889. He was a bank clerk at the time of his enlistment in Edmonton, Alberta in June, 1915. Astbury served overseas with the 49th Battalion until his death in September, 1916. The collection currently consists of two letters, two newspaper clippings, and three photographs. The materials here were kindly provided by the Northop Parish Memorials Project.
Lawrence Earl Johns was born in Elimville, Ontario in December, 1893. Johns enlisted at Exeter, Ontario on April 11, 1916 with the 161st Huron Battalion, C.E.F. He served overseas with the 58th Battalion and died September 12, 1917. The collection consists of more than one hundred twenty letter as well as a rich visual component of photographs, postcards, and other personal items.
One part of the collection consists of letters written by Harry Clark, Jr., to his mother, Jane (Jennie) Clark, in London, Ontario, after he had enlisted in the Canadian Army. The other letters were received by a distant relative, Kathleen Jackson (ne Hastings), while she was recovering from tuberculosis in London, Ontario. The letters, which describe conditions in wartime Britain, were written by relatives of Kathleen,s father Hugh Hastings, who died while convalescing from wounds sustained in the First World War.
William Ewart Mawson was born in St. Bees, Cumberland in 1888, and emigrated to Canada around 1912. He enlisted in July, 1915 in Toronto and served overseas until his death on June 10, 1916. The collection consists of one letter written home by Mawson and one letter from 1919 from the War Office detailing efforts to locate his grave.
Arthur Norman Morris was born in Manchester, England in 1893. His date of emigration is unknown. He enlisted in Regina, Saskatchewan in July, 1915 and served in Belgium with the 9th Canadian Field Ambulance. The collection consists of two letters.
William James McNabb was born in Desboro, Ontario in March 1891. He enlisted in December 1915 in Owen Sound, Ontario with the 147th Grey Battalion. McNabb served overseas in France and Belgium until his death in October, 1918. The collection currently consists of one letter, obituaries, a field service card, and his circumstances of death report.
Arthur George Teer was born in Toronto, Ontario in September, 1893. He enlisted in Toronto in June, 1915 and served overseas in Belgium and France until the end of the war. The collection currently consists of 20 letters.
Maurice Melville Maloney was born in Meaford, Ontario in February, 1918. Maloney served overseas with the 15th Canadian Ambulance Corps as well as the 4th Canadian Armoured Division Medical Corps. He returned to Canada at the end of the war and died in 1996. The collection currently consists of fourteen letters, poems, telegrams, clippings, and other miscellaneous items.
William Arthur Hughes was born in North Wales in 1894 and emigrated to Canada sometime prior to the war. He enlisted in Vancouver, British Columbia in September, 1915, and served overseas until his death on September 2, 1918. The collection consists of one letter written in 1916.
Thomas Orval Wilson was born in Craik, Saskatchewan in 1923 and raised in Regina, one of a family of eight brothers. He enlisted with the R.C.A.F. in 1941, training in Canada before being posted overseas in 1943. Warrant Officer Thomas Orval Wilson was shot down and killed on his first mission, February 20, 1944. The collection consists of more than forty letters, as well as numerous photographs and miscellaneous documents.
Lewis G. Billard was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia in 1923. He joined the R.C.A.F. in 1943 and worked on the Rolls-Royce Merlin engines in Lancaster bombers in England and in Mosquito Nightfighters in Europe. The collection consists of more than one hundred letters written home by Billard from 1943 to 1946.
George Bland was born on a Manitoba farm in 1919. He worked for Kraft Foods before applying to be part of the RCAF Aircrew in 1941. He was asked to join a "Secret Project" as a Radar Mechanic, and worked in the U.K. and India until the summer of 1945. He returned to Canada, where he married and had three sons, and became the Vice-President of Kraft Foods before retiring in 1984. The Collection consists of letters, photographs,and his own personal recollections, and other miscellaneous items.
Hadden William Ellis was born in Dundas County, Ontario in March, 1894. He moved west to Weno, Calgary, Alberta and was a student at the time of enlistment. Ellis enlisted in April, 1916 in Calgary, Alberta. He served overseas with the Canadian Light Horse until his death on September 24, 1917. The collection currently consists of thirty letters, photographs, and some miscellaneous documents.
Ernest Albert Underwood was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1915. Ernest along with his brother, Leslie, enlisted in Victoria in 1939 with the 3rd LAA Battery, RCA. They arrived in England in 1941 and were recognized as members of the first Canadian gun crew to destroy an enemy aircraft (Junkers 88) on August 6/7 1941. Both brothers participated in the Dieppe Raid in August of 1942. Ernest was wounded on the beach and became a Prisoner of War. He was released at the end of hostilities and returned home safely to Victoria, British Columbia in 1945. The collection consists of numerous letters, pictures and miscellaneous documents.
William Howard Curtis was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, where he served in the 57th Regiment. He was in Alberta when the war broke out and joined the 9th Battalion in Edmonton in August 1914. After brief training at Valcartier, Quebec, Curtis went to England with the 1st Contingent and shortly after arrival transferred to the 2nd Battalion. He later served in the battalion's machine gun section, was three times wounded in action, and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field. Lance-Sergeant Curtis was killed in action on 8 October 1916 in the closing stages of the Battle of the Somme. The collection consists of eighteen letters from Curtis to his mother and sister, and three letters to the Curtis family sent after his death.
Ed Gallagher was from Australia, born in 1916. He was a Wireless Airgunner who spent his war years (1941-1943) flying out of Mt. Batten (Plymouth, England) and Pembroke Dock (Wales) on Sunderlands. These two letters, part of a collection of 106 letters, describe his impressions of Canada as an Australian on his way to war in 1941 and in 1943 waiting to return to Australia. He was at the time writing to Molly Thomson, who he married in 1943 on his return to Australia.
Lancelot de Sausmarez Duke was born in Ceylon in October, 1896. He was educated in England and Canada and moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where his father was a doctor. Duke initially enlisted with the 88th Battalion, Victoria Fusiliers, in May 1915. Duke then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps with whom he served until the end of the war. He flew with the 84th Squadron and was awarded the D.F.C. The collection currently consists of letters from Duke, photographs, and his diary from 1918.
George L. Adkins was born in England in 1889 and emigated to Canada prior to the war. He enlisted in March, 1915 in Edmonton, Alberta. The collection consists of four letters. Two of the letters are from George to his future wife written in 1915, and one to his mother written in 1916. In addition there is a letter written to George in 1928 from I.W. Anderson, who had been with Adkins in France, which recounts some of their experiences, and a letter to Louise after George's death.
James Henry Holt was born in Manchester, England in October, 1892. Prior to the war he emigrated with his family to Victoria, British Columbia. Holt enlisted in December, 1914 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and served under the name of James Henry. He was the older brother of Harold Holt. Holt served in France with the 25th Battalion until his death in October, 1916. The collection currently consists of a memorial ribbon commemorating his death, and a photograph of his grave.
Joseph "Jo" Forman served overseas with the RCAF as a navigator. Forman and his crew were shot down over France on July 25, 1944 during a mission. Forman survived and returned to Canada at the end of the war. The collection currently consists of an extended memoir of his time with the RCAF.
William Henderson was born in Wick, Caithness, Scotland in 1892 and emigrated to Canada in early 1914. Henderson enlisted in Toronto, Ontario in August, 1915 with the 48th Highlanders and eventually served with the 24th Battalion Queen Victoria Rifles in France, with whom he was awarded a MM in August, 1918.
Frederick Ernest Carter was born in Essex, England in 1871 and emigrated to Kamloops, British Columbia sometime prior to the war. His wife died in 1912, leaving him with two small children. Carter enlisted in May, 1915 at the age of 44. He served overseas in France where he was killed in action April 14, 1916, leaving behind two orphaned daughters in Canada. The collection consists of four letters.
Alfred Frank Warn was born in Christchurch, Hampshire, England in November, 1889. Prior to the war Warn emigrated to Canada. He enlisted with the 75th Battalion in August, 1915 at Niagara-on-the-Lake. The collection currently consists of one photograph of Warn.
James Jackson Woods was born in Elimville, Ontario in June, 1890. Woods enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion in Exeter, Ontario on April 11, 1916 and served overseas until the end of the war. The collection consists of eight letters and one photograph of Woods.